The Factor Review

It's impossible for me to assess Black Diamond's new Factor ski boot without considering it in context: the Factor represents the flagship achievement of Black Diamond's audacious (some might say crazy) 4-year project to turn itself into a major Alpine Touring and Telemark ski boot manufacturer. Ski boots, please note, are really, really hard to make (more...

— January 5, 2010

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Scott January 5, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I suppose it's academic because who would blow all the weight savings of their Dynafits on these boots, but I wonder how well they ski in tech bindings?

Andy January 5, 2010 at 12:41 pm


I think Dynafits are totally legitimate as a downhill performance choice -- not just climbing. I would think that Dynafits matched with the Factors would be about the closest you could come to just bringing a true Alpine rig into the backcountry. And the weight savings would help offset the cost of the Factors versus a Fristchi or Marker setup.

Scott January 6, 2010 at 7:13 am

It almost seems like the G3 Onyx and the Factor were really made for each other in that sense.

Pablo January 19, 2010 at 5:12 am

How are they performing in terms of sales? Like it or not, that’s the ultimate test for any new product.